1.13.2012

On Turning 30

As of today, my 20s are officially over.  I'll admit, I've had a tough time coming to terms with this.  I'm not even sure I'm totally there yet.  For all the ups and downs, my 20s were a pretty sweet decade.  I became a college graduate in my 20s - a big deal in my family.  I learned I could fully support myself financially and did not need to rely on anyone else.  I started a theatre company in my 20s.  I traveled across the country and visited Mexico and Europe for the first time in my life during my 20s.  I met the love of my life.  I photographed Italy and Spain with him by my side.  I saw so many of my beautiful friends get married and start families of their own.  I graduated from law school and passed the hardest bar exam in the country while I was in my 20s.  I bought my first car, my first computer, my first brand new TV, and my first professional-level camera all in my 20s.  I finally started to accept my body and realized that I need to exercise, not because it makes me skinnier, but because it makes me healthier and happier.  I discovered I'm pretty good in the kitchen and I get a great amount of joy out of cooking and baking for others.  I learned how to be a good friend, a good partner, and (hopefully) a good daughter and sister.  I learned that it was okay to give in to my creative side and to be just a little bit different.  I left behind a stable and safe job to pursue my passion and couldn't be happier about it.  When I was in my 20s, I learned I actually liked myself.


The thought of closing this chapter in my life had me totally freaked out and scared.  (Hell, I even cried while typing this.)  From time to time I'd wonder, "What if it's all downhill from here?  What if this is as good as it gets for me?"  But, somehow, I just don't think that's true.  I can't accept that this is my peak.  I won't accept it.  I'm choosing to view my 20s as a foundational layer.  One of the introductory chapters in the story of my life.  The plot can't help but thicken after a decade like that.  A multitude of milestones lay ahead of me and I've decided that life can only get better in my 30s.  I've got a lot more yet to accomplish and I'm ready to work for it.

The Boyfriend planned a surprise getaway for us this weekend to celebrate.  I'm off to some unknown place to do some unknown things and I couldn't be more excited about it.  I can't think of a more appropriate way to start this next adventure.  Bring it on, 30s.  I'm ready for you.


* I just realized this is my 430th post.  How fitting.
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27 comments

  1. I looooooove this post :) I'm almost to thirty in 2 years and I'm coming back here to reference you're attitude when I do:)

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  2. welcome to your 30s. it really is a good decade. i completely agree that your 20s, while so fun, are a foundation of who you are and your 30s are just the next great chapter. have such a great birthday weekend and i completely agree with you.

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  3. Happy birthday, Stephanie! I'm so sorry I forgot to include you in my birthday soiree post. (I've updated it!) You have such a great attitude and I know that will make this another fantastic, blessed decade. Celebrate and have a great weekend!

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  4. You're so beautiful! The best is yet to come! Happy birthday!
    -Val

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  5. Happy birthday! Have a terrific trip and the best is YET to come

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  6. Happy Birthday! I promise, the 30s are gonna be fabulous! xo

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  7. happy birthday! I'm just one year behind you (I turn 29 tomorrow) but I'm excited about the prospect of what my thirties will bring - my twenties were about self-discovery and becoming the woman who I am at my core and who knows what my thirties will bring -- so excited for your birthday getaway! can't wait to hear where you go and all about your weekend!

    HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY!!

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  8. Happy Birthday! Loved what you said about your 20s being a foundation layer. I need to bookmark this and come back to read it in a few years when it's my turn. I'm sure the best is yet to come! Enjoy your little getaway! :)

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  9. Happy Birthday! Your 20s foundation will surely set up your 30s to be wonderful!

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  10. I love LOVED my 20's as well!! But the 30's...they're not so bad...I think you'll love them...especially when starting them in such a mysterious way:) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  11. Happy Birthday Stephanie!!! What a beautiful post! You know I am not too far behind you. The 20's really are such a time for learning and growth, there are so many firsts. But the 30's are a continuation on that. You already know so much more about yourself and what you want. Life just seems to get better and clearer each year and that is why I am excited for my 30's.
    Have a wonderful weekend!! xo

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  12. This post rules, Stephanie! I mean it. How awesome that you learned to like yourself? So many amazing things were said in here, I'm so in love with it. Have fun on your unknown adventures (kudos, boyfriend!) and just know that your 30s will be spectacular! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  13. Happy birthday! The thirties are awesome! You know who you are and what you want and you have the confidence to go for it. I can't wait to hear about your surprise getaway:)

    *Erin

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  14. Happy Birthday, beautiful lady! YAY for unknown getaways!

    I'm sure life has more wonderful surprises on your way!

    xoxo, Ana

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  15. What a gorgeous post...you got me a little teary-eyed ;) As a recently turned 30 year old, I can say that these are truly exciting times...a fresh opportunity to take everything that you learned in your 20s and build upon it to grow more in your 30s. You are set for success, lady, no doubt! Have a fantastic weekend :) Can't wait for a recap! XO brynn

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  16. Happy Birthday, I can't wait to hear of the surprises your boyfriend has in store for this weekend.

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  17. Happy Birthday Stephanie! Cheers to many more firsts and amazing things in your 30's!!
    xx
    Z

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  18. Happy birthday! I turned 30 last year and I feel like being in your 30s is actually more fun than being in your 20s. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  19. Oh Happy 30th! It's a great age to be. Your wrote this post so beautifully. I completely agree with you that our 20's were that foundation stage, it's all up from here not down :) Just think of how much better things are now when you feel more sure of yourself, let yourself "be just a little bit different" LOVE IT!

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  20. Happy (belated) Birthday fellow Capricorn! I hope you had a lovely weekend in this undisclosed location. I celebrated my birthday on the 14th with friends at our place. Next year is the big 3-0 for me and I think a holiday weekend is much more my scene than a big party!

    Enjoy this new decade of your life!
    Sal x

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  21. love this, so well written. you are gorgeous!

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  22. you are leaving your 20s looking gorgeous, sounding grounded, and having accomplished so much professionally and personally. that. is. awesome. loved this post - i'm excited to see what your 30's bring. something tells me it's going to be good.

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  23. What a beautiful post! WHile I'll be turning 27 this year, thanks for reminding me of some of the awesome things I've accomplished in my 20s so far (many the same as yours). I'll remember to keep living up the remainder of my 20s....and hoping this certainly is not as good as it gets.

    Happy birthday too!

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  24. Welcome to the club! I've been enjoying it so far... Altough I still can't believe I'm in my 30s... Seems like I just celebrated my 21st birthday.

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  25. Stephanie! I just realised that my comment didn't work the other day (stupid iPhone)! So, belatedly, happy birthday!! Welcome to your thirties! I'm two years in and it's pretty great, better than my twenties. I'm sure it will be the same for you, the best is still to come. xx

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  26. Cheers to our fabulous thirties!! I love what you said about our twenties being a foundational layer for the rest of our lives. :)

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